PF thugs this morning went on rampage and caused havoc in Lusaka destroying properties and beating people as outgoing President Edgar Lungu drove through town center.
The thugs also passed through the UPND Party headquarters and destroyed windows and shattered motor vehicles they found.
Lungu was coming from filing in his nominations from Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
The UPND later issued the following statement:
We strongly condemn the violent attacks on our party secretariat and the property of our supporters by PF cadres, following the nomination filing of President Lungu this morning.
The police must quickly move to arrest the guilty parties and bring them to book so that a loud and clear message is sent that if you commit a criminal act then you will be punished according to the law, regardless of your political affiliation.
The PF is now acting as a party in fear. Their so-called leadership must bring its cadres under control immediately. Nomination filing should be a cause for celebration, not an excuse for violence, abuse and intimidation.
Such behaviour is dragging our country and its people down. It comes from a preference by the PF to focus on personal attacks and divisive issues, rather than discuss the issues; it comes from a government that does nothing to bring the perpetrators of politically motivated criminal acts to justice; and it comes from a government that keeps its people in poverty, even while it enjoys pay increases and luxury international travel.
This way of governing is hurting our people – financially, emotionally and physically. We must fix this come 11 August 2016 by voting for an end to such behaviour.
UPND Secretary General